Photographer's Note

'Melnik - The smallest town in Bulgaria'

Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria with less than 500 habitants. It’s an historical place and has a unique architecture.
Many of its buildings are cultural monuments.
The interesting architecture and the nearby Rozhen Monastery make that Melnik is visited by many travellers in Bulgaria.

Around the town and all along the road to the monastery you find another curious thing: the so called ‘sand pyramids’.
These pyramids do have different forms. Sometimes they look like giant mushrooms, sometimes like incredible high obelisks.


The breath-taking Melnik pyramids rank among the most remarkable natural phenomena in Bulgaria. Over an area of about 17 sq. km. millennia-long erosion has created a truly unearthly world.
It is up to the visitor’s imagination to distinguish obelisks, ancient towers, pyramids, and giant mushrooms among the various forms of erosion. And while the sand-like rocks seem quite fragile at first sight, this natural phenomenon has proven extremely resistant to wind and water and has survived intact for ages now.
What is even more intriguing is the practical use of a number of these pyramids around for nothing else but wine cellars!

Apart from the unique natural surroundings, the town also boasts for the fascinating architecture of its old Melnik houses, most of which were built during the Bulgarian Renaissance to testify for the grandeur and richness of the commercial hub with 25,000 inhabitants, which Melnik once used to be. Some of these are the famous Kordopoulov’s House with its impressive wall paintings and huge private cellar and the Boyar House, the latter being the oldest house in Bulgaria.
The ruins of the St Nicholas monastery (12th century), Slav’s fortress (13-14th century), the Roman bridge and the old Turkish bath are other places of interest there.
Moreover, some 7km away from the town, up in the Pirin mountain, one can ride to one of the largest and most beautiful monasteries in Bulgaria - the Rozhen monastery.

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